25 Free Places at The FootieBugs Academy for Disadvantaged Children


After the recent trio of FootieBugs Academy stars were signed by local professional clubs, FootieBugs are now offering 25 free places at their Academy for disadvantaged children across the area, who may have the talent to reach the next level.


Six year olds Edward Smith and Ashton Gunning have been signed by Birmingham City, whereas nine year old Ruby Mullins has signed for local rivals Aston Villa – taking the total number of FootieBugs Academy players being placed in Professional Academies over 15 in just over a year!


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FootieBugs Academy Director and former Birmingham City player Ash was delighted to see three more academy players signing for local professional clubs – and predicted that more players could follow in their footsteps.


“The levels they have shown are being rivalled by the other players at the Academy, so I’m sure there will be more signings to come very soon.”


The trio were all scouted by a number of local clubs after impressing during the scout’s regular visits to the academy, where sessions are focused on getting children ‘one step closer to professional‘, by acting as the perfect stepping stone for young children who dream of playing the game at the highest level.


With the new pledge to offer 25 free places to disadvantaged families in the West Midlands, talented youngsters across the area will now have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and have expert coaching to improve their technical and tactical abilities, with the opportunity of being scouted and signed.


Some of the coaches at the academy include Ashley Sammons and Mitch Hancox, both former Birmingham City players, and Callum Flanagan and Connor Mooney, former Aston Villa players. All coaches are fully qualified to FA and UEFA B levels and combine their playing and coaching experiences with teaching ‘the FootieBugs way’.


Through an exclusive partnership with Birmingham City Football Club, the FootieBugs Academy are the only local youth academy in the area feeding directly into Birmingham City’s Academy.



The FootieBugs Academy offers a free trial to all children – to book your child’s free trial please either visit http://www.footiebugs.com/footiebugs-academy or call 0121 777 7792.


DanceBugs’ New Dance Classes in Solihull!


DanceBugs are delighted to announce that we are opening up four new Dance Classes in Solihull on Saturday Mornings!


Running from 9am to 11am every week, DanceBugs will be running four half an hour classes, all with a focus on different styles of dance. The four styles that will be taught in the classes are: Ballet, Tappers, Acrobatics and Freestyle! All of the new DanceBugs Dance Classes in Solihull run for boys and girls aged 2.5 to 6 years old! All of our classes run in line with the International Dance Teacher’s Association, of which DanceBugs manager Charlotte is a full member (Number 30525)!

DanceBugs Dance Classes in Solihull

Our Baby Ballet classes make learning to dance a fun, friendly and magical experience for children! Children will learn different ballet skills, exercises and routines. Our sessions not only improve dance ability, but also increase confidence through our caring and supportive environment where all abilities are welcome! Our Baby Ballet classes are taught through stories and adventures, with teachers encouraging children to use their own imagination to explore, have fun and make new friends along the way!


The Tiny Tappers class introduces children to a tap dance! Classes will begin with a fun and energetic warm-up, before leading into different tap techniques and steps. As children begin to develop their tap skills, they will learn specific routines based on their favourite Disney songs or stories. At the end of each term, the Tiny Tappers will perform their routine in a special showcase to their parents! Performances are always lots of fun and will be followed by  a rewards ceremony.


Designed to develop children’s agility, balance, co-ordination and gross motor skills, the Adorable Acrobatics class uses different acrobatics equipment to create amazing movements! Some of the Acrobatic skills children may learn include: forward rolls, cartwheels, bridges, handstands, headstands and many more! The classes are structured to also increase children’s confidence and self-esteem levels as they progress into harder acrobatic skills and challenge themselves. Our teachers are all specially trained and ensure that all skills are learnt in a safe and caring environment.


Finally, our Funky Freestyle classes are exciting, trendy and fun-filled, where children are encouraged to express themselves through movement. Our Funky Freestylers will learn the natural instinct to boogie and have fun with our energetic classes that make the body want to move! There are also a number of opportunities for children to take part in special performances throughout the year and show off their amazing moves on the big stage!


We can’t wait for all our new dance classes in Solihull to start – you can book your child onto a free taster session for any of our classes by calling 0121 777 7792 or click here!

The Bugs Group’s February Half-Term Holiday Camps Review!


During the February half-term break we had a fantastic time running our Children’s Holiday Camps in Solihull – making sure Solihull children had an active and fun time during their school holidays!


It was great to see so many new faces at our camps during February, as well as all returning children! We review all the action from our FootieBugs, DanceBugs and MultiBugs camps below.

Children's Holiday Camps in Solihull

At the FootieBugs Holiday Camp, there were some tremendous skills on show from all the football superstars that attended! Through a combination of fun games and mini-circuit sessions, children focused on improving their skills, whilst trying to win their favourite games such as the crossbar challenge and penalty shoot out! On Friday, children were put into teams and tried to win points during more fun mini-games and small sided matches, with the winning team earning brilliant trophies and all children taking home a FootieBugs superstar certificate!


Held at the same venue of the Solihull Sixth form was the DanceBugs Holiday Camp. The Dance camp was a fun filled, exciting week that combined acrobatics, dance, physical theatre and cheerleading! Children worked within small groups and teams making new friends, building confidence and learning brand new skills! The camp was based on show time, allowing children to show what they had learnt during the week, including Maya, who mastered her cartwheel on just day two of the camp! Please see our Facebook page for lots of pictures from the holiday camp!

Children's Holiday Camps in Solihull

The MultiBugs Holiday Camp was held at Tudor Grange Secondary Academy and offered the perfect variety of sports for children! With over 30 different sports, games and activities throughout the week, all kids enjoyed the wide range on offer! This allowed them to play some of their favourite sports as well as experiencing new ones they may not have tried before! Similarly to the FootieBugs Camp, the Friday was also competition day, where there were more great prizes and trophies given to the winning team!


Also attending the MultiBugs Holiday Camp were our two new Junior Coaches! The Junior Coach Programmes run at all of our Children’s Holiday Camps in Solihull, offering boys and girls aged 12-16 the chance to gain valuable coaching experience by working with our fully qualified and trained coaches! Both Junior Coaches helped run sessions throughout the week, whilst completing their coaching workbook and progressing through the five levels of the programme. To find out more about the Junior Coach Programme, which is available at any of our camps, please click here.


With less than five weeks until Easter, places are already available to book at our Easter camps! Earlybird prices are available until Tuesday the 13th of March at 5pm. To book onto any of our Children’s Holiday Camps in Solihull please call 0121 777 7792 or click the button below.

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The FootieBugs Academy’s Search for Future Football Stars in the West Midlands Continues!


After more than 15 players were signed to professional football academies in the past year, The FootieBugs Academy is now looking for more talented youngsters in the West Midlands to help get them “One Step Closer to Professional”.


The Academy is open to children from U6-U14 age groups and focuses on developing and nurturing their ability, before feeding them into professional football club’s academies.


The FootieBugs Academy

Through our expert professional coaching, detailed coach reports, online player profiles and links with professional clubs across the country, the FootieBugs Academy is the best place for children to be selected to join professional clubs!


Academy training sessions will introduce children to more advanced training sessions than regular FootieBugs classes, whilst also keeping an element of fun and enjoyment for children and developing their confidence levels. Sessions are planned around different skill sets and principles of the game, to develop children’s technical and tactical knowledge. Players are also set specific homework tasks by our coaches, which helps to improve a possibly weaker area to their game and turn this into a strength.


Professional club’s scouts regularly attend our training sessions, looking for the next superstar talent to sign up for their clubs. The FootieBugs Academy also has an exclusive partnership with EFL Championship side Birmingham City. This means that the FootieBugs Academy are the ONLY local club feeding directly into Birmingham’s professional academy.


The FootieBugs Academy

The FootieBugs Academy also hold matches against other local teams or academies, allowing children to put skills and tactics worked on in training sessions into a controlled game environment, as well as working as part of a team.


Academy training sessions are held at West Warwickshire Sports Club on Thursday and Friday evenings. We offer all children a FREE trial to the Academy – to book your child’s trial, please either call 0121 777 7792 or click here.


The Bugs Group supports Youth Sport Trust’s belief for increased emphasis on Curriculum PE in Schools


Recently, the Youth Sport Trust have found that almost 40% of secondary schools in England have reduced the number of PE lessons timetabled in since 2012. The figures also revealed that nearly a quarter of schools have done so within the last year.


The figures also found that after the transition between KS3 and KS4, there was a 21% decrease in the levels of curriculum PE a week. One of the main reasons for the reduction of PE lessons was due to more time being allocated for core subjects such as Maths or English, possibly due to exam pressures.


In an age where obesity and mental health issues within young children and teenagers are becoming increasingly common, it is extremely concerning to discover that physical activity and PE lessons (which can counter obesity rates and help to improve mental health) are being reduced.


The Youth Sport Trust is campaigning for curriculum PE to become a more integral part of the curriculum within schools, which The Bugs Group fully support.


While the research refers to secondary school’s PE levels, it is extremely important that primary schools do not follow a similar trend. The Bugs Group work with hundreds of primary schools across the country, running fun and engaging sport sessions through both curriculum PE time and extracurricular classes.

Current stats show that one in five reception children and one in three year six children are either overweight or obese, meaning there is an underlying issue with obesity levels before children reach secondary school.


Similarly to GCSE’s in secondary schools, there is an increasing amount of stress and pressure put on children during SATs exams. By reducing the levels of PE children participate in, it can actually increase the amount of stress put on children, as exercise helps to reduce cortisol levels.


Instead, PE within the curriculum at both primary and secondary schools should be promoted and increased where possible. PE lessons are a vital in improving not only physical health and obesity levels, but also mental and social aspects within children, contributing to their overall health and wellbeing in a positive manor.


For more information about The Bugs Group’s work within primary schools across the UK, please call 0121 777 7792 or click here.

The Bugs Group’s Fundraiser for CLIC Sargent at Morrisons Solihull!

On Saturday the 10th of February, The Bugs Group were at Morrisons Solihull helping to raise money for children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent!


This was the second Fundraiser for CLIC Sargent The Bugs Group have held at Morrisons, after previously running an endurance cycle event in August 2017! The focus this time was on getting children active whilst raising money!

After recent statistics showed that childhood obesity levels had risen in the Solihull area, children were encouraged to perform some football skills and dance moves when donating to CLIC Sargent.


The idea to help get children more active came after a recent report found alarming childhood obesity rates within Solihull. It was found that one in five reception children were overweight or obese, which increased to one in three during year six.


Children who got active and donated were entered into a prize draw to win free days at any of The Bugs Group’s Holiday Camps in Solihull! The winners of the competition had the choice between the FootieBugs Football Holiday Camp, DanceBugs Dance Holiday Camp or the MultiBugs Multi-Sports Holiday Camp!


All three of the Holiday Clubs run at venues across Solihull for boys and girls aged from 4-16. The camps are focused on keeping children active and entertained during school holidays, helping to break the common trend of children sat in front of the TV during half-terms, missing out on the amount of physical activity suggested by the NHS as part of a healthy and active lifestyle.

The February Half-Term Holiday Camps have started this week -but there are limited places remaining! To get your child active on any of our fun sports holiday camps please book by calling 0121 777 7792 or by clicking here.


Currently, 11 children will be diagnosed with Cancer in the UK a day. CLIC Sargent provide support for these children and their families. To find out more about CLIC Sargent’s fantastic work, please click here.

The Childhood Obesity Crisis in Solihull


The Bugs Group’s Holiday Camps in Solihull are now less than a week away! This means that there is not long left to book onto our FootieBugs, DanceBugs or MultiBugs camps across Solihull!


Currently in Solihull, one in five reception children and one in three children in year six are either overweight or obese. These worrying statistics mean that youngsters in Solihull are at a greater risk of health issues such as heart disease or type two diabetes.

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Worryingly, the figures of children with diabetes in Solihull is rising at a quicker rate than the national average.


All of our Holiday Camps in Solihull offer fun and engaging sporting activities for children – to help keep them active and create positive experiences of sport and physical exercise. By getting more children to enjoy exercise and sport, these worrying stats on childhood obesity in Solihull will start to reduce.


With three camps running for both boys and girls from the ages of 4-12, children are spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding what camp they would like to attend!


Running at the Solihull Sixth Form are our FootieBugs and DanceBugs Holiday Camps. The FootieBugs Camp includes a full week of fun football games and activities, where children will make friends and perfect their skills! At the DanceBugs Camp, children will learn a range of different dance, acrobatics and performance routines! The Friday at both camps will be a special Competition Day and Performance Day – where there will be fun team games and prizes at the FootieBugs Camp and a dance routine performance to parents and rewards ceremony at the DanceBugs Camp!

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The MultiBugs Holiday Camp runs at Tudor Grange Secondary Academy and provides children with only 30 different sports and activities to play! Children will be able to play some of their favourite sports like football and tennis, but also experience new ones they may not have played before like golf or dodgeball! The Friday of the camp is also Competition Day, with more fantastic prizes and trophies on offer!

Holiday Camps Solihull


With not long before the camps start and prices starting from just £9 – now is the time to book your child’s place onto any of The Bugs Group’s Holiday Camps in Solihull. To book either call 0121 777 7792 or click the button below.


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Children’s Mental Health Week


This week is Children’s Mental Health Week. A week that is focused on raising awareness and breaking the stigma that surrounds children’s mental health issues.


Currently, one in ten children have a mental health illness, which equates to three children in every classroom. Statistics also show that 75% of mental health illnesses start before the age of 18. This means there is a significant need for intervention as early as possible to help those suffering.


In modern society, children are subject to pressure from a number of different sources. This could be pressure from schools to perform well in exams/SATs, from parents to perform well at a sport or extracurricular activity, or even their peers through the rapid growth of social media.


While recent work from a number of mental health charities has helped to raise awareness of issues, there is still lots more work to be done to help ensure that children are given the best possible support.


YogaBugs are on a mission to improve children’s mental health across the country. Through our work in Schools and local community classes, we take children on story adventures combining Yoga and mindfulness practices.

YogaBugs Children's Mental Health Week

 Our classes also incorporate breathing, visualization and relaxation techniques. These techniques help children to ‘calm their mind’, reducing their stress and anxiety levels.


The theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is ‘Being Ourselves’. We believe that all children should be encouraged to be themselves and this is echoed throughout all of our classes.


It is vitally important that parents understand how to talk to their children about mental health, whilst also doing all they can to help create a positive mindset for their child. YogaBugs have created a number of Mindfulness sheets to help parents develop their children’s mental health and are accessible via our social media pages.

Children's Mental Health Week

Children’s Mental Health Week is an excellent idea to help generate awareness, however we must ensure that awareness is continued to be generated beyond this week, therefore encouraging more children to break the stigma around mental health and not be afraid to talk about their feelings.


For more information on YogaBugs, please visit our website here.

February Half-Term Sports Holiday Camps in Solihull!


There are now under 3 weeks until The Bugs Group’s Sports Holiday Camps in Solihull return! For February half-term we will be running our FootieBugs, DanceBugs and MultiBugs camps at venues across Solihull!


All of The Bugs Group’s Sports Holiday Camps in Solihull aim to keep children entertained and active during the school holidays. Our camps offer a range of fun and engaging sporting activities suitable for boys & girls aged 4-12 of all abilities. There are also junior coaching opportunities for 12-16 year olds for those aspiring for a career in sports coaching to gain valuable experiences. The Junior Coach programme is available at all three of our camps, for more information please click here.


The Bugs Group’s Sports Holiday Clubs are all BBC Get Inspired approved activities. Working in partnership with BBC Get Inspired, The Bugs Group are on a mission to get as many children as active and into sport as possible!


The FootieBugs Holiday Camp gives children the chance to learn new football skills whilst playing their favourite football games! Some of the fun games running will include; free kick target competition, penalty shoot outs and the crossbar challenge! The Friday at the camp is competition day – where children will be placed into teams and will compete to earn points for their teams! There are some fantastic prizes and trophies on offer to be won on competition day, while all children will take home a special well done certificate and medal – making everyone feel like a Football Superstar!


FootieBugs Sports Holiday Camps in Solihull

The DanceBugs Holiday Camp combines Dance, Acrobatics and Gymnastics movements and routines with acting to allow children to positively express themselves! Not only will kids learn new dance moves and routines, they will also create their own unique performance! The performance will then be showcased to all parents on the Friday, which will be followed by the end of week awards ceremony – where all children will receive a rosette and certificate!


DanceBugs Sports Holiday Camps in Solihull

Finally, the MultiBugs Holiday Camp offers an extensive range of over 30 sports and activities for children. There will be some of the kid’s favourite sports and games, including football and tennis, as well as some sports that children may not have experienced before, such as dodgeball or hockey. The MultiBugs Camp will also be running a competition day on the Friday at the camp, where similarly to the FootieBugs Camp, there will be fantastic prizes and trophies on offer for the competition winners and medals and certificates for all attending the competition day.


MultiBugs Sports Holiday Camps in Solihull


All of The Bugs Group’s Sports Holiday Clubs run across the Solihull area. Both the FootieBugs and DanceBugs camps run at the same venue of the Solihull Sixth Form. This works perfectly for siblings who wish to go to different camps, but can still attend the same venue! The MultiBugs Holiday Camp is held at a new venue, Tudor Grange Secondary Academy. All three camps run from 9:30am-3:30pm, with extended hours available from 8am-6pm.


 To book any of The Bugs Group’s Sports Holiday Camps in Solihull, please click  the button below or call 0121 777 7792!


Book The Bugs Group Holiday Camps in Solihull

The Bugs Group’s Junior Coach Programme!


The Footie and MultiBugs Junior Coach Programme is returning for our February half-term holiday camps across Solihull!


The programme is the perfect opportunity for 12-16 year olds aspiring for a future in football or sports coaching to gain valuable experience working with our expert coaches!


As part of the regular Footie and MultiBugs Holiday Camps at the Solihull Sixth Form and Tudor Grange Secondary Academy respectively, junior coaches will assist our coaches in the coaching and child care of children attending the camp, ranging from the ages of 4-12. Junior coaches will learn how to set up coaching sessions, coach a warm up and give support and feedback on technical skills and abilities!


The Bugs Group Junior Coach Programme


As part of the Junior Coach Programme, coaches will work through five different levels. At level one, Junior Coaches will learn the more basic aspects of coaching, where they will shadow our coaches and learn the correct way to set up sessions. By progressing through to level five of the programme, coaches will be able to set up and run a mini session, as well as a teach a technical skills session with detailed feedback and analysis.


Click here to watch a video featuring former Junior Coaches James and Sam discussing their experiences!


Junior Coaches that book onto the full week of the programme at either the Footie and MultiBugs Holiday Camp will receive a special FootieBugs or MultiBugs Junior Coach uniform, as well as a coaching workbook  to fill in throughout the week! All Junior Coaches will also receive a special certificate once they have passed all five levels of the programme.


The Bugs Group Junior Coach Programme


If you would like to take the first step into a career in football or sports coaching, gaining valuable experience working with our fully qualified coaches, then the Footie and MultiBugs Junior Coaching Programme is the perfect beginning. For more information or to book onto the programme at either of the February half-term Holiday Camps, please either call 0121 777 7792 or email [email protected]

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